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Definition of the term "industrial electronics" is difficult because of the varied application of electronic techniques. This paper stresses the importance of recognizing the fundamental problems involved in an industrial process. These problems generally do not fall within the domain normally covered by the electronics engineer. The electronics engineer must have a thorough knowledge of the fundamental physical and chemical laws involved in industrial processes. Reduction of the problem to basic principles permits the finding of solutions applicable to many fields as soon as the common characteristic of the problems is recognized. The task of the industrial electronics engineer is to tie the characteristics of many individual units into a common system and integrate them by means of electronic devices into an operation that performs in a logical and economical manner.